Wild buy out contracts of Parise, Suter

On Tuesday, Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin announced the team will buy out the four remaining years left on Zach Parise’s and Ryan Suter’s contracts. They will now become free agents.

Suter told sports director Joe Schmit in a phone conversation that he received a call from Guerin and owner Craig Leipold this morning. He said he was shocked, when told of management’s plans. Suter’s plan was to fulfill all 13 years of his contract and help the Wild win a Stanley Cup.

"Zach and Ryan have been an integral part of the Wild’s success over the past nine years and we’ll always be grateful for their many contributions," Guerin said. "There were numerous factors that entered into the difficult decision to buy out their contracts, but primarily these moves are a continuation of the transformation of our roster aimed at the eventual goal of winning a Stanley Cup."

The move allows defenseman Matt Dumba to be protected in the upcoming expansion draft, according to a source. The move also frees up money while the salary cap is stagnant.

The Wild signed Parise and Suter as free agents on July 4, 2012. According to the team, Minnesota went 354-237-74 (.588), tied eighth in the NHL in team points (782) during their nine seasons (2012-21), and advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs eight times.

Both players will become unrestricted free agents, eligible to sign with any team in the NHL, except Minnesota.

Parise and Suter were signed through 2025 at matching salary cap hits of $7.538 million each year. The buyouts save over $10 million next season, but extend dead money on the cap through 2029.

The buyouts will combine to cost the Wild almost $15 million against the salary cap in 2023-24 and 2024-25 for Parise and Suter not to play for them.

Parise recorded 400 points (199-201=400) in 558 regular season games with the Wild and added 34 points (14-20=34) in 40 Stanley Cup Playoff contests. He is the franchise leader in power-play goals, ranks second in game-winning goals and shots on goal and third in scoring and goals. Parise is also the franchise leader in scoring, goals, power-play goals and assists in the playoffs. He owns 810 points (393-417=810) in 1,060 career NHL games with New Jersey and Minnesota.

Suter collected 369 points (55-314=369) in 656 regular season games and 17 points (2-15=17) in 42 Stanley Cup Playoff matches with the Wild. He is the franchise leader in scoring, assists, power-play assists, plus/minus rating, shots on goal and time on ice among defensemen. Suter owns 607 points (93-514=607) in 1,198 career NHL contests with Nashville and Minnesota.

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